Shimla, the capital of
Himachal Pradesh, is situated in the north-West Himalayas. Surrounded by Seven Hills, Shimla covers an area of 5,131 sq km and is at an altitude of 7,200 ft above sea level. The hills are robed with dense forests of oak, deodar, pine, fur and rhododendron. This beautiful place of hills has become the witness of many historical events such as the famous Shimla Pact between India and Pakistan. The architectural buildings, wooden crafts and apple orchards adds the beauty of this land. The rivers Sutlej,
Pabbar and Giri run through Shimla District.
The high mountain peaks, steep slopes, deep valleys, waterfalls, rapids and colorful natural flowers form the scenic natural beauty of Shimla attracts tourists from all over the world.
The important tourist destinations are the Kali Bari temple, Jakhu Temple, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies,
Prospect Hill and
Chadwick falls. The highest cricket ground in the world is at Chail. Shimla also offers adventure sports such as skiing, trekking, fishing and golfing.